Origin of pan

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English panne; cognate with Dutch pan, German Pfanne, Old Norse panna

Related forms

pan·ner, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pan out (1 of 5)

pan out


verb

(intr, adverb) informal to work out; turn out; result

British Dictionary definitions for pan out (2 of 5)

Pan

/ (pæn) /

noun

Greek myth the god of fields, woods, shepherds, and flocks, represented as a man with a goat's legs, horns, and earsRelated adjectives: Pandean, Panic

British Dictionary definitions for pan out (3 of 5)

pan

1
/ (pæn) /

noun

verb pans, panning or panned

See also pan out

Word Origin for pan

Old English panne; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse panna, Old High German pfanna

British Dictionary definitions for pan out (4 of 5)

pan

2
/ (pæn) /

verb pans, panning or panned

to move (a film camera) or (of a film camera) to be moved so as to follow a moving object or obtain a panoramic effect

noun

  1. the act of panning
  2. (as modifier)a pan shot

Word Origin for pan

C20: shortened from panoramic

British Dictionary definitions for pan out (5 of 5)

pan

3

paan (pɑːn)

/ (pæn) /

noun

the leaf of the betel tree
a preparation of this leaf which is chewed, together with betel nuts and lime, in India and the East Indies

Word Origin for pan

C17: from Hindi, from Sanskrit parna feather, wing, leaf
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Culture definitions for pan out

Pan


The Greek god of flocks, forests, meadows, and shepherds. He had the horns and feet of a goat. Pan frolicked about the landscape, playing delightful tunes.

Note

Pan's musical instrument was a set of reed pipes, the “pipes of Pan.”

Note

According to legend, Pan was the source of scary noises in the wilderness at night. Fright at these noises was called “panic.”
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Idioms and Phrases with pan out (1 of 2)

pan out


Turn out well, succeed, as in If I don't pan out as a musician, I can always go back to school. This expression alludes to washing gold from gravel in a pan. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with pan out (2 of 2)

pan


In addition to the idiom beginning with pan

  • pan out

also see:

  • flash in the pan
  • out of the frying pan
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